Those keys are nearly in your hand now, but even though you're understandably excited, try to keep your cool as you walk through your new home's final inspection.
It's vitally important (not to mention, much easier) to address each and every point that comes up with your builder right now, rather than trying to get him back to make changes after you've moved in.
To make sure you don't forget anything, we've put together a short final inspection checklist below - just don't forget to bring a notebook and pen to jot things down as you go along (though hopefully, you won't need to!).
1. Road test the floors and carpet
Take off your shoes and walk around a bit. Make sure the polished floorboards are completely polished, and that there's no lumps or bumps in the carpet.
2. Inspect from every angle
When visiting each room, don't just walk back and forth, take a few minutes to sit quietly in the middle of the floor. Look at all the walls, the skirting boards, the joins in the carpet, and identify problems if there are any. You can also stand on a chair to inspect the ceiling and all its corners - some things can be hard to spot from the ground.
3. Test the taps
Flush the toilets, fill the bathtub and drain it, run the showers, and turn the taps on at full pressure (though you don't have to do this all at the same time). You don't want to be surprised by poor drainage or a nasty leak!
4. Check the electrics
Are all light switches and power points in working order? Bring along a small rechargeable item, such as an electric toothbrush, and plug it into each outlet. If the points are in working order, you'll see the charging lights brightly and clearly.
5. Windows, flyscreens, doors and gates
Open and close each and every one of them to make sure they slide, glide and shut easily, without sticking or scraping.
6. And don't forget the paintwork!
Get close to your walls to check for any lumps, drips, or rough patches. Perhaps that one corner in the laundry was overlooked in the final rush?
With your final inspection checklist completed to your satisfaction, and your keys in hand, there's no better time to review your home insurance and mortgage protection insurance, to help protect your investment for years to come.